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Jay Leno rides AL-made motorcycle

Jay Leno takes Alabama-made motorcycles for a ride and review

Alabama-made Motus Motorcycles will be receiving some national attention Monday when former Tonight Show host and gearhead Jay Leno gives the company and its premium bikes some attention on Jay Leno’s Garage on


Leno will take a Motus bike for a ride and review it and its proprietary V4 engines.

Motus is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Birmingham.

Motus founders Lee Conn and Brian Case were invited Leno’s Big Dog Garage earlier this month to tell Leno the story of how a small group of entrepreneurs set out in 2008 to make a motorcycle unlike any

other. Born out of a recession and developed with some of America’s most sophisticated engineering

partners, Motus began shipping the world’s fastest production pushrod motorcycles to its network of US dealers in 2015. Motus also supplies its turnkeyAmerican V4® Baby Block® powertrain to other builders and OEMs around the world for marine, offroad, and other powersports applications.

“Jay is without a doubt a very knowledgeable and down-to-earth gearhead. He applauded our effort, particularly with developing our own engine,” said Brian Case, design director for Motus. “He’s a huge fan of our V4 engine and has known about Motus for a while.”

Company president Lee Conn said, “Jay has a deep understanding of the rich history of American motorcycles and he helped us take a step back and appreciate where Motus fits into that lineage. This type of exposure is really important as we expand our dealer network and continue to spread our name and message out into the public eye.”

The episode featuring Motus will give viewers the chance to see what Lino thinks about the engine and motorcycle, including onboard commentary during his ride. “It was pretty surreal to be chasing Jay Leno through the LA canyons, all on motorcycles that we developed from scratch,” said Case.




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